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The Hangman (1959)

Not Rated | | Western | 17 June 1959 (USA)
U.S. Marshal Bovard comes to a small border town to identify and arrest a fugitive, but the whole town seems determined to prevent the Marshal from doing his job.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mackenzie Bovard
... Selah Jennison
... Sheriff Buck Weston
... Johnny Bishop
... Big Murph Murphy
... Al Cruse
Shirley Harmer ... Kitty Bishop
... Herb Loftus
... Amy Hopkins
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ... Pedro Alonso
... Molly - Waitress
... Marshal Clum Cummings
Richard Collier ... Hotel Clerk
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A marshal nicknamed "The Hangman" because of his track record in hunting down and capturing wanted criminals traces a robbery suspect to a small town. However, the man is known and liked in the town, and the citizens band together to try to help him avoid capture. Written by Anonymous

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As his primary job is tracking down outlaws often without revealing his true profession, Deputy Marshal Bovard (Robert Taylor) doesn't wear his badge, but always carries it in his pocket. See more »

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A Well-Written 1950s Western
1 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

This one has a flawlessly-written script by Dudley Nichols, the screenwriter of many well-known movies from 1930 to 1960 such as "Stagecoach" "The Bells of St. Mary's" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls". There's often a good moral lesson to be learned from a screenplay written by Nichols. The original story was by Luke Short, the author of many Western novels.

The cast is very good too with Robert Taylor as the "Hangman" Deputy Marshall, and several people who would later become familiar TV stars: Tina Louise, Jack Lord, Fess Parker and briefly, Lorne Green. And of course you can't go wrong with the direction of the great Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca") who, like Nichols, was nearing the end of his career.

I especially liked the story, it's deeper than most westerns, as it explores the themes of justice, loyalty, and forgiveness.


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